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Newly elected to the Port of Olympia Commission, businessman Bob Iyall was selected by the other two commissioners to be the new Port of Olympia Chair during a special commission meeting on Wed., Jan … more
To the Editor:  A letter was sent to Port Commissioners on January 7, 2022 that calls for an investigation of the conflict of interest by recently-elected Port Commissioner Amy Evans.  A … more
The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of the Community January Forum today with some 200 local business leaders in attendance at the Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake. Four … more
As the new year rolls in, the city of Tumwater welcomed its first female mayor, Debbie Sullivan, and other newly elected councilmembers in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on Tue., Jan. 4. For … more
The City of Lacey announced this afternoon that its first hybrid council meeting  won't happen this week. This Thursday's meeting will be held over Zoom. The decision was made based on the … more
For the second time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, elected officials throughout Thurston County were sworn into office remotely on Wed, Dec. 29. Officials who were inducted into … more
Today was Pete Kmet's last day as mayor of Tumwater.  Two weeks ago, some 120 leaders from throughout Washington converged at South Puget Sound Community College to honor and bid a formal … more
Thurston County Elections will host a virtual swearing in ceremony for recently elected officials at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29.   Jody Suhrbier, Executive Director of the Thurston … more
At its final meeting for 2021 last Thu., Dec. 16, the Lacey City Council approved an ordinance that allows councilmembers and the public to participate both in-person and online. As some … more
In another 2-1 vote, Port commissioners voted last night to reimburse real-estate developer Panattoni in the event that its lease option agreement is terminated during its last Port meeting. Last … more
The closing of the Deschutes Parkway homeless camp last week was a real milestone for the City of Olympia in its efforts to respond to the homeless crisis.  This was the end result of a long, … more
In a 5-2 vote, the Tumwater City Council approved its “Mayor’s Version” of a development agreement for the Port of Olympia's New Market Industrial Campus. During the city council … more
Despite a last-minute request by the Port of Olympia to cancel it, the Tumwater City Council held a planned hearing regarding the proposed development agreement for some 200 acres of industrial-zoned … more
During the regular city council meeting on Tue., Nov. 23, Olympia City Council members discussed staff plans to increase the little-understood utility tax rate by one percent. In the discussion, … more
Issues of corruption and nepotism were raised during the Port of Olympia commission meeting on Mon., Nov. 22 following allegations that a former high-ranking staff member used their position for … more
To see election counts, go to the Thurston County Elections website.  Most recent reporting showed data from ballots counted by Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. Next reporting due at 5 p.m. on … more
In partnership with the city of Tumwater, the city of Olympia showed residents some of the conceptual designs for a potential Regional Aquatics Facility. The renderings and plans are based on … more
In a year that saw discussions of increasing county and port commission seats to five from three, Thurston County Manager Ramiro Chavez introduced a redistricting proposal for the three commissioner … more
In a press release, the Thurston County Commissioners agreed to move forward to lease The Atrium Building, located at 3000 Pacific Avenue in Olympia to house the county’s general government … more
Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall urged the public to exercise caution when sharing information online and educate themselves about the election process to stem the spread of false information. In … more
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